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All the latest on COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccinations are an evidence-based public health intervention and the decision to get a vaccine supports patient safety. If you’re looking for resources to inform your conversations with patients or support your own decision-making, our vaccine information page has help.

When talking to patients about any treatment, nurses ensure they include patients as partners in their care decisions and set aside adequate time to listen to patients and address concerns and/or correct misconceptions.

Vaccines are one of the ways we fight COVID-19. Like any other drug/vaccine/treatment, there are benefits and risks. Nurses should discuss the benefits and risks of vaccines versus the risks of diseases.

If you need to have a difficult discussion with a patient, you can use strategies such as ...


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Ask these four questions before performing any procedure or activity

Over the past few months, we’ve heard from many of you that emergency orders, the dynamic nature of the pandemic and an increase in redeployment across practice settings have led to questions about what procedures and activities you’re currently allowed to perform.

 

We hear you — and our Practice Quality team has an answer.

 

Although there are many factors that will influence your decision, the formula for making that decision is simple. For any situation, to determine whether you can perform a particular procedure or activity, ask yourself the following four questions. If you can answer “yes” to all of them, then it’s appropriate for you to perform it ... 

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What would you do: redeployment to a new practice setting

Fahad, a nurse, works in a hospital on a palliative care unit. Last week, the hospital redeployed him to support the intensive care unit, a practice setting that uses a team-based model of care. Fahad has never worked in an intensive care unit and is not familiar with the team-based model of care approach.

 

Fahad is concerned because he is aware that his knowledge is limited, and he doesn’t want to put patients at risk. He also worries that if something goes wrong, he will be held accountable. Fahad is worried he lacks the appropriate knowledge, skill and judgment to work in this practice setting and with this patient population.

 

What should Fahad do? 

 

 

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